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Air Kissing on Mars

Kim Dower

Publication Year: 2010

Kim Dower’s poems are sensual and rhapsodic journeys through emotional landscapes sweeping everyday life. Playful, intelligent, funny, edgy, engaging—sometimes biting, ironic and dark, sometimes dreamy and surreal, full of poignancy and arresting metaphors, the daily, simple occurrences in Air Kissing On Mars startle and provoke, while stirring up the fairy dust and turbulent weight of memory; evoking the possibilities and gorgeous chaos of life. Open and inviting, these poems draw the reader into a world seen upside down, inside out, a sideways bird reporting on a universe filled with mystery and passion. Joan Didion meets Tinkerbell, Kim Dower’s poems are as whimsical and light as they are rich and intense. Simultaneously humorous and profound these passionate and personal poems, relatable to all, are drenched with vivid imagery, and sparkle with surprise. Lost languages, disappearing mailboxes, locomotives pummeling through dreams, taxi drivers thrown by the earth’s rotation, shadows in closets, vanishing carrots, men who exfoliate—all manner of haunting evocations come together in this opus of shining and startling wisdom.

Published by: Red Hen Press

Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments

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pp. 1-6

Contents

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pp. 7-10

Dedication

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pp. 11-14

Section 1. True Stories

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pp. 15-16

They took the mail box away

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pp. 17-

She Is Awakened by a Hair

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pp. 18-19

Dying Languages

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pp. 20-

I Love a Man Who Exfoliates

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pp. 21-

At a Poetry Reading Late Saturday Afternoon

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pp. 22-

Even in a Dream

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pp. 23-

Birth

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pp. 24-25

Geography Matters

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pp. 26-27

Visiting Janice

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pp. 28-29

Dressing Room

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pp. 30-31

If My Father Were Alive

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pp. 32-33

The Couple Next Door

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pp. 34-35

The Ant in the Window

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pp. 36-37

“They discontinued carrots,”

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pp. 38-

My Dogs

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pp. 39-

Different Mothers

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pp. 40-41

Room Service English Muffins

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pp. 42-

She no longer fears bugs

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pp. 43-

The Gene

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pp. 44-45

Women’s Competition

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pp. 46-

Testing for Acid Reflux

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pp. 47-

The Mole They Cut Out of Your Chest

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pp. 48-49

First E-Mail of the Day

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pp. 50-51

Palm Beach Poetry Festival: First Night

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pp. 52-53

Huge Rat in Laundry Room

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pp. 54-

Alt. Flute 101

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pp. 56-57

Next Time No Potatoes

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pp. 58-59

Old Man at Trader Joe’s

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pp. 60-

Killing the Fly

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pp. 61-62

Section 2. People Give Me Titles

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pp. 63-64

The Nudists Are Getting Ready to Pack

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pp. 65-

Nightingale Fever

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pp. 66-

Bent Daisies

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pp. 67-

Lean into your feelings,

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pp. 68-

His Flavors Are Tender

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pp. 69-

The Teeth Beyond My Window

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pp. 70-

He Has Nothing Left to Say

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pp. 71-

The things I do in my car

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pp. 72-73

The Woman Who Mistook a Bug for a Nut

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pp. 74-75

Print Wendy’s Notes

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pp. 76-77

drops on the mirror

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pp. 78-79

The Runaway Poem

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pp. 80-81

The Door (1)

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pp. 82-83

The Door (2)

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pp. 84-

The Door (3)

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pp. 85-

When Gifts Go Wrong

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pp. 86-

“She Showed Me Pictures of Injuries”

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pp. 87-

The Coffin Bone

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pp. 88-

Section 3. Cranky in Paradise

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pp. 89-90

Green Is the New Pink

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pp. 91-

She can’t work

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pp. 92-93

Cranky in Paradise

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pp. 94-95

Full Moon

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pp. 96-97

The Things You Hate

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pp. 98-

it is what it is

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pp. 99-

Turbulence

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pp. 100-101

Some Things Don’t Change

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pp. 102-

She Knows Where the Milk Is

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pp. 103-

He Doesn’t, She Does

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pp. 104-105

She blew her nose

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pp. 106-107

Cloud Coverage on Easter

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pp. 108-109

Waiting for You in the Bar

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pp. 110-111

I Am Returning

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pp. 112-113

The Necessary Orange

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pp. 114-

3 am

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pp. 115-116

Section 4. How To

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pp. 117-118

How to Relax

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pp. 119-

How to Talk to Water

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pp. 120-121

How to Eat Turkey if You Don’t Like Turkey

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pp. 122-123

How to Look at Clouds

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pp. 124-126

How to Celebrate Your Birthday

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pp. 127-

How to Have a Nice Day

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pp. 128-130

Air Kissing on Mars

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pp. 131-

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About the Author

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Kim (Freilich) Dower grew up in New York on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and received a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston. ...


E-ISBN-13: 9781597091817
E-ISBN-10: 1597091812
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597091664
Print-ISBN-10: 1597091669

Page Count: 136
Publication Year: 2010

Edition: First